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Elisheva Carlebach is Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she offers survey courses in Jewish history, as well as more specialized courses in her areas of interest: Jewish sectarianism, Jewish messianism, and the Jews of Early Modern Europe. Recipient of the first Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queens College, she is recognized as an outstanding teacher by students of all ages and backgrounds. Her award winning first book, The Pursuit of Heresy: Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies, traces the upheavals of early modern European Jewish communities in the wake of the Shabbetai Zvi messianic movement. Her second book, Divided Souls: Jewish Converts to Christianity in German Lands, 1500-1750 will soon be published by Yale University Press. She is co-editor of Jewish History and Jewish Memory, and has written articles and reviews for periodicals such as Jewish Social Studies, Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, and Jewish Quarterly Review.

Lecture Topics:
The Messianic Movement of Sabbetai Zvi
Jewish Messianism
Jewish Women in Early Modern Europe
Conversion to Christianity in Early Modern Germany

Harriet Davis-Kram has been an adjunct assistant professor in the History department and the Urban Studies department at Queens College for almost twenty years. She holds a doctorate in history from the Graduate Center/CUNY. Her areas of interest include Labor history, Immigrant history (with a focus on Jewish immigration between 1880-1925), Jewish women immigrants as activists, women in the Jewish Bund in Polish, Russian, and New York history and culture. She has published several articles on the above, and is currently working on a book project on Jewish women immigrant activists in the early 20th century, as well as on an article on the Clara de Hirsch Home. In addition, she has created and conducts a variety of city walking tours, including several on the Jewish Lower East Side and Jewish Yorkville. She also serves as a consultant on New York City culture and history for the USIA and conducts tours for visitors from around the country and the world.

Lecture Topics:
New York City History and Culture
Yiddish Theater
Immigrant Women in Urban America
Radicals in Red Kerchiefs: Jewish Radical Women in the United States and Europe
The Jewish Labor Movement
Walking Tours of New York: Lower East Side; Ellis Island and Olde New York City
Jewish Yorkville

Raymond Erickson, music historian and harpsichordist, is past Dean of Arts and Humanities at Queens College. He has played an important role in the early music movement in this country, notably as director of the multi-disciplinary Aston Magna Academies funded by the National Endowment of Humanities, which bring together scholars and performing artists to discuss music of the past in its cultural context. He was harpsichord soloist in the first New York performance on period instruments of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and participated in the first American recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments. He has given pre-concert lectures on Bach's St. John Passion for the New York Philharmonic, and has also lectured for the Mostly Mozart and Lincoln Center Festivals. His first book, Schubert's Vienna, will soon be followed by a book on J.S. Bach and his cultural context.

Lecture Topic:
J.S. Bach and the Jews: Political, Social, and Religious Issues (illustrated with slides and recorded music)

Tamara Evans is currently Professor of German and Acting Dean of Arts and Humanities at Queens College. Previously, she served as Chair of the former Department of Germanic, Slavic and East European Languages at Queens College and Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in German at the CUNY Graduate Center. After receiving her undergraduate education in Switzerland and England, Professor Evans received two master's degrees from Ohio State University, in English and in German, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in German. Evans has published two books and written extensively on comparative and intertextual topics. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and research, teaching and faculty development grants, among them a Fulbright Summer Grant focusing on "Germany and Jewish Studies Today."

Lecture Topics:
The Representation of Jews in Nineteenth-Century German Literary and Critical Discourse
"The Mission of Jewish Writers in German Literature": An Unpublished Manuscript by Fritz Strich, a German-Jewish Professor of German at the University of Bern, 1929-1951
Fanny Lewald's Novel Jenny(1847): A German-Jewish Woman Writer's Reflections on the Failures of Assimilation and Emancipation in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany
Georg Hermann's Berlin Novels, Jettchen Gebert and Henriette Jakobi: Turn-of-the-Century Literary Reconstructions of German-Jewish Life in the 1840s

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